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LFA 17/AXS TV Fights video: Thiago Moises, Robert Watley break down inaugural lightweight title fight

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LFA’s inaugural lightweight title will be on the line tonight when the promotion heads to North Carolina.

In the LFA 17 main event, which takes place at Grady Cole Center in Charlotte, N.C., with a main card airs on AXS TV, Thiago Moises (9-1), RFA’s final lightweight champion before its merger with Legacy FC to form the LFA, takes on Robert Watley (7-1).

Ahead of the fight, AXS TV’s Phoenix Carnevale caught up with Moises and Watley to talk about their headliner – and the hardware that is up for grabs to the winner.

Check out the video above to hear from them ahead of the title fight.

For more on LFA 17, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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UFC on FOX 25's Patrick Cummins ready to turn corner on his MMA career

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NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. – Patrick Cummins hasn’t really had the easiest go of things in his UFC career. It almost begs the question, what did this guy do to irk the UFC’s matchmakers?

Cummins got his UFC shot on short notice against former wrestling teammate Daniel Cormier three and a half years ago – thrown right to the wolves. He suffered a 79-second TKO loss. After two wins, he picked up a third straight, but had to go to Brazil to do it. It was the first of a five-fight stretch that saw him go into enemy territory in South America four times.

Now Cummins (9-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) is on his opponent’s home turf yet again when he takes on Gian Villante (15-8 MMA, 5-5 UFC) on Saturday at UFC on FOX 25 at NYCB LIVE at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. The card airs on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. Villante is from Long Island.

But Cummins told MMAjunkie the experiences going to Brazil, where he went 2-2 with wins over Antonio Carlos Junior and Rafael Cavalcante, and losses to Glover Teixeira and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, have him prepared for being on hostile ground in his own country.

“Staying in the country is always good,” Cummins said. “It always makes things easier. Going to Brazil was tough – I went there four times, and it was tough. But I think coming out of it, I gained a lot of experience. Any time you go into enemy territory, it’s hard on you. But I feel like I’ve got the benefits from it now.

“I got the experience under my belt and pretty much what I’ve been missing. I’ve come into this sport pretty late in life – I’ve only had 13 fights. That’s not a lot for somebody 36 years young.”

The fact he didn’t get his start in pro MMA until he was 30 isn’t traditional, for sure. But the way Cummins looks at it, that’s less wear and tear on his body. And maybe that will pay off for him now that he’s getting bigger fights.

When Cummins has gone up against the big names – Nogueira, Teixeira and Ovince Saint Preux, not to mention Cormier – he hasn’t fared well. He suffered knockout losses to all four. Is Villante the kind of fighter who should be grouped in with those names?

“Gian’s tough,” Cummins said. “He knows how to wrestle. He’s a well-rounded guy. But at the end of the day, he’s a slugger and he wants to make a brawl out of it. It’s just making smart choices and not letting my emotions get control of me while I’m in the octagon – and just be calculated and work out my game plan.”

And if that happens, Cummins believes he’ll have back-to-back wins for the first time in nearly three years, when he had a three-fight streak after his loss to Cormier. Against Jan Blachowicz at UFC 210 in April, also in New York in Buffalo, Cummins picked up a majority decision win to snap a two-fight skid.

That got the confidence up, and a win over Villante might do wonders.

“The last fight and this fight is just getting my steam back under me a little bit,” he said. “I hit a rough patch and I ironed some things out … It’s just about building back up (with) little tiny steps. … I kind of overlooked the experience factor. Now that I’ve gained that and I’ve had those couple tough losses that set me back and put me through that roller coaster, I think now I’ve collected myself and I’m ready to go.

“There’s not this time-clock pressure. I don’t need to get something done this year. I feel great – I’m 36, but I don’t have fight miles on me. My body feels great, and I’m not sick of doing this. I love it.”

For more from Cummins, check out the video above.

And for more on UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Jake Shields training in NYC for upcoming PFL fight, focused on winning $1 million tourney

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Two-time World Series of Fighting title challenger Jake Shields gets back to work next week under a new promotional banner, with a new promotional goal: $1 million dollars.

That’s going to be up for grabs next year, according to the PFL, when a 12-man tournament commences at welterweight.

“I’ve got to see how everything’s structured, but that’s probably the plan,” Shields, who on July 29 faces Danny Davis, Jr. at PFL: Everett, told MMAjunkie Radio. “I’ve got to win that million dollars to keep paying that rent.”

PFL: Everett takes place at XFINITY Arena in Everett, Wash. The event’s main card airs live on NBSCN following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Shields (31-9-1), who lost bids for the WSOF belt against Rousimar Palhares and Jon Fitch, recently relocated from his longtime home in San Francisco to New York City. He now trains at Renzo Gracie Academy, where he’s taken up with jiu-jitsu coach John Danaher, who famously strategized ex-UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre’s mat assault.

“He’s been a phenomenal coach – the guy’s a genius in jiu-jitsu,” Shields said of Danaher. “His style is all about submission. I’ve always been an OK submission guy but really good at controlling with jiu-jitsu. I’m looking to take my game to a different level and get those finishes.”

Those would undoubtedly give Shields a high seed in the tournament, which will crown a winner by December 2018. But first, he needs to beat Davis, Jr., who poses his own set of challenges as an opponent.

The danger, at least the way Shields sees it, is that he’s supposed to win. Davis, Jr. (13-11-1) is an unflattering 3-3 in the WSOF cage.

“He’s a guy I don’t really know anything about,” Shields said. “I’m sure I’m the big favorite. I think I’ve beaten five UFC or PRIDE champs. When you have a record like that, and you fight somebody you’ve never heard of, makes it a little tough to get psyched up for. But my mindset is to take it serious, because you don’t want to lose to the guy you’re supposed to beat.”

After all, Shields doesn’t want to miss out on the biggest potential payday of his career.

For more on PFL: Everett, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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UFC on FOX 25 early weigh-in results and live video stream (9 a.m. ET)

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from today’s early and official UFC on FOX 25 fighter weigh-ins, which kick off at 9 a.m. ET (6 a.m. PT).

The early weigh-ins, which precede the day’s ceremonial affair, take place at the UFC host hotel in Uniondale, N.Y. The UFC on FOX 25 ceremonial weigh-ins take place at 6 p.m. ET at NYCB LIVE in Uniondale, N.Y., the same venue that hosts Saturday’s FOX-televised event.

Among those weighing in are middleweight headliners Chris Weidman (13-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) and Kelvin Gastelum (13-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC).

UFC officials recently adopted the early weigh-ins to allow fighters more time to rehydrate before the event.

The full UFC on FOX 25 weigh-in results include:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Chris Weidman () vs. Kelvin Gastelum ()
  • Dennis Bermudez () vs. Darren Elkins ()
  • Patrick Cummins () vs. Gian Villante ()
  • Thomas Almeida (135.2) vs. Jimmie Rivera ()

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Lyman Good () vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (170.4)
  • Eryk Anders () vs. Rafael Natal ()
  • Ryan LaFlare () vs. Alex Oliveira (170.6)
  • Damian Grabowski () vs. Chase Sherman ()

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)

  • Kyle Bochniak () vs. Jeremy Kennedy ()
  • Brian Kelleher (135) vs. Marlon Vera (135.6)
  • Junior Albini () vs. Timothy Johnson ()
  • Shane Burgos () vs. Godofredo Pepey (145)
  • Frankie Perez (155.6) vs. Chris Wade ()

For more on UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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'King Mo' defends Amanda Nunes pulling out of UFC 213: 'What's there to fear?'

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UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes took a lot of flak earlier this month when she pulled out of her UFC 213 main-event bout vs. Valentina Shevchenko at the last minute because of illness

That’s not fair, says one of her American Top Team teammates.

“She came (to Las Vegas) two weeks in advance five pounds over. She was good. She was prepared,” Bellator fighter Muhammed Lawal recently told MMAjunkie Radio. “She’s ready for battle. But something obviously happened. A lot of times people come to Vegas, and they underestimate the heat. They also underestimate their allergies. …

“People forget the dry air, the heat. We’re coming from Florida. That might’ve gotten her, as well. The doctors might say she could compete; the doctors are not in her head.”

The criticism against Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) increased when UFC President Dana White revealed she chose not to fight despite being cleared by doctors. That only angered Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) even more. Nunes would later reveal that complications from “chronic sinusitis” led to her decision.

Still, though, there are fans who believe Nunes should’ve fought anyway, even going so far as to say she was scared to face Shevchenko.

“King Mo” can’t believe that.

“She came from a favela in Brazil,” Lawal said. “Had nothing. Made something of herself. Came out to people that she’s openly gay. She put herself out there. What’s there to fear? She’s fought the girl before.”

And won in a three-round decision last year.

The Nunes-Shevchenko rematch has been rebooked as the co-main event of UFC 215, which takes place Sept. 9 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and airs on pay-per-view.

To hear more from Lawal, including an injury update, watch the video above.

And for more on UFC 215, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Video: Watch today's UFC on FOX 25 ceremonial weigh-ins live on MMAjunkie at 6 p.m. ET

UNIONDALE, N.Y. – UFC on FOX 25 ceremonial fighter weigh-ins take place today, and you can catch a live video stream of the proceedings here on MMAjunkie at 6 p.m. ET (3 p.m. PT).

The weigh-ins take place at NYCB LIVE in Uniondale, N.Y., the same venue that hosts Saturday’s FOX-televised event.

In addition to the video stream above, you can check out the early and official UFC on FOX 25 weigh-in results from earlier in the day.

For more on UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC on FOX 25's Gian Villante looking to 'not just be a berserker' against Patrick Cummins

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NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. – For Gian Villante, having a good night Saturday rides on striking the delicate balance between not leaving things up to the judges and “not being a berserker in there.”

As evidenced by three “Fight of the Night” bonuses spread through a 10-fight UFC career that holds an even number of wins and losses, Villante has a penchant for battles. While his bold style has turned the light-heavyweight into somewhat of a fan-favorite, “slugging it out like a meathead” – his words, not ours – also has cost him some key results along the way.

That may be why he’s taking a measured approach to Saturday’s UFC on FOX 25. Set to welcome Patrick Cummins (9-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) to his home turf, Long Island’s Villante (15-8 MMA, 5-5 UFC) won’t forego aggression. But there are ways to go about finishes.

“If it’s there, I’ll take it,” Villante told MMAjunkie ahead of the main card scrap, which takes place at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. “But I’m not going to force it, for sure. It’s going to be hard with the crowd going to not force it. But just be a little bit smarter than that. Take my shots from there.

“Not just be a berserker in there. Take my time. (If) you hit a guy long enough and hard enough, even if you do waste a little bit of your energy trying to finish him, he’s going to (use) a lot of energy trying to survive, too.”

Villante and Cummins were scheduled to meet at last December’s UFC Fight Night 102 in Albany. Cummins, however, had to pull out at the last minute due to a nasty staph infection. Villante fought that night, taking out newcomer Saparbek Safarov in the second round of a “Fight of the Night” winner. The win, made more impressive by how sick Villante got that night, was followed by a TKO loss to “Shogun” Rua in March.

Cummins has fought once since, beating Jan Błachowicz at April’s UFC 210 via majority decision to bounce back from a two-fight skid. Looking at his opponent, Villante sees a “tough, durable guy” with great cardio – and one who can also take a shot.

“But I know if you land a couple of good ones on him, I can finish the fight,” Villante said. “My plan is to – even if I’ve got to take a couple – make sure I put him out and not get taken down.”

While Cummins’ takedowns are viewed as the key to controlling the bout, Villante would like to add that he’s pretty decent at wrestling, too – and the fact that he has defended 88.5 percent of all takedown attempts in UFC 205-pound competition can help back that up. Not to mention:

“I’m in good shape, baby,” Villante said. “Look at these abs, come on.”

As for the pressure of fighting at home? Well, yes, it’s there. But it’s not like the fun-loving Villante is ever particularly fazed by heavy words of that sort.

“To tell you the truth, in every fight there’s a lot of pressure,” Villante said. “Your job can be on the line any second. Your health can be on the line any second. This guy’s out there trying to punch your head off, so it’s not like you’re going out there playing tennis.

“It’s always nerves in there, but it’s part of it. (I’ve) been doing it long enough; better get used to it.”

This, of course, isn’t Villante’s first time fighting in New York – and consequently dealing with its notoriously tricky state athletic commission. The experience when he fought Safarov in Albany, the light-heavyweight admits, wasn’t the easiest. But not overly critical, he chalks up the hiccups to some growing pains.

And in any case, it’s not like he plans on depending on them.

“Listen, I don’t want to leave it up the judges. I don’t want to leave it up the commission,” Villante said. “I don’t want to leave nothing. I want to put my fists through someone, and that’s what I’ll leave it up to. You can’t blame nobody for what happens in that fight. The judges, nothing. Go out there and finish it, and you won’t have to deal with that.”

To hear more from Villante – including how he’s been using heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic as his own valet throughout fight week – check out the video above.

And for more on UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Dennis Bermudez 'looking to do exactly what Bektic did' to Darren Elkins – just not gas out

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NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. – Every MMA fan remembers the last 30 seconds of Darren Elkins’ bout with Mirsad Bektic at UFC 209. They might remember less the degree to which Bektic dominated Elkins before a sudden shift in momentum.

Dennis Bermudez doesn’t.

In fact, Bermudez (16-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) is counting on delivering the same type of one-sided drubbing Bektic did when he faces Elkins (22-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC) on Saturday at UFC on FOX 25.

“We’re looking to do exactly what Bektic did – but just not get tired,” said Bermudez, who meets Elkins in the FOX-televised co-headliner at NYCB LIVE in Uniondale, N.Y. “And do that for 15 minutes, rather than 12-and-a-half.”

That would satisfy Bermudez greatly after his previous outing, a knockout loss in February to Chan Sung Jung that suddenly went wrong when he “moved the wrong way” and caught the punch that turned out his lights.

Bermudez would like to wipe that memory clean from fans’ minds.

“I want to get in there come Saturday night and show everybody that that’s not the real Dennis Bermudez,” he said. “We had a little slip-up.”

Fighting in his home state of New York, Bermudez is extra motivated to earn redemption in front of a friendly crowd.

“It’s in my hometown, right in my back yard, so I can’t let Darren Elkins come in and kick my dog,” he said.

Watch the video above to hear more from Bermudez.

And for more on UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Chris Weidman wanted Gegard Mousasi rematch, promises to be his best at UFC on FOX 25

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NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. – Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman thought his next trip to the octagon would bring redemption for his previous fight.

Unfortunately, the source of that redemption didn’t cooperate.

When the UFC offered a fight with Kelvin Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) at UFC on FOX 25, Weidman (13-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) had to let go of his original plan to rematch Gegard Mousasi, who defected to Bellator earlier this month.

“There was a little hesitation, because I wanted the Mousasi rematch,” Weidman told MMAjunkie at an open workout for his FOX-televised headliner at Saturday’s event, which takes place at NYCB LIVE in Uniondale, N.Y. “And then we were finding out that he probably wasn’t going to (re-sign with the UFC), they offered me this fight, and I couldn’t turn it down.”

Weidman now chooses to focus on the thrill of fighting on home soil again over avenging a loss to Mousasi (42-6-2 MMA, 9-3 UFC), who beat him three months ago in a controversial fight at UFC 210.

“I’m over it,” Weidman said. “He’s moved on. You don’t hold on to things. It’s the match I wanted, but he moved on; he’s doing whatever he has to do for himself, and I’ve got to focus on what I’ve got to do.”

First and foremost, Weidman needs a win. He’s lost his past three UFC bouts after an appeal to overturn the controversial fight failed. His most recent victory was in May 2015 when he stopped Vitor Belfort in the first round to notch his third title defense at UFC 187.

Weidman maintains he was winning all of the fights he lost until a single mistake cost him the victory. But when he faces Gastelum on Saturday, he said there will be no doubt that he’s still a world champion on the road back to the belt.

“People are going to see on Saturday night who the best guy in the world is,” Weidman said. “The truth speaks volumes. I don’t have to say a word.”

Watch the video above to hear more from Weidman.

And for more on UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC on FOX 25's Darren Elkins talks hero turn in last fight, lightning striking twice vs. Dennis Bermudez

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NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. – If you thought UFC featherweight Darren Elkins’ most recent fight was a thrill, imagine how he felt.

“It was like an adrenaline rush for, like, three weeks straight, where it’s like, ‘Wow, that really did happen,’” Elkins said of his UFC 209 win over Mirsad Bektic.

Bektic had battered him for much of the fight when Elkins (22-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC) suddenly turned the tables. A head kick and punch stopped Bektic cold and completed one of the most impressive comebacks seen in the octagon.

Fans flocked to Elkins. For a guy known for grinding out opponents with wrestling, it was a new experience. Suddenly, people were paying attention.

“I went from most people knowing me, to people really becoming fans of mine,” he said. “Even people who aren’t MMA fans watched that fight were inspired by it. I get a lot of people reaching out to me, telling me how gutsy it was and how much of a force I was.”

More validation arrived when the UFC offered a well regarded and highly ranked opponent for his next fight. Elkins is now No. 14 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings.

Elkins’ head is held high as he marches toward a FOX-televised meeting with Dennis Bermudez (16-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) at UFC on FOX 25. But he’s also working on another goal for his next time out: not getting hit so much.

“The focus on this camp was, work on my defense,” Elkins told MMAjunkie at an open workout for Saturday’s fight at NYCB LIVE in Uniondale, N.Y. “I don’t want to take that much abuse this time, obviously. It was make it a (expletive) exciting fight and make it a fast-paced fight.

“I think me and him are going to have a lot of scrambles, and then (I’ll) KO him at the end.”

That’s the dream Elkins just lived, so it’s hard for him not to be optimistic about doing it again. The likelihood of that happening is pretty slim, of course. But he’ll try to hit that sweet spot between creating excitement and avoiding excessive brain damage.

If he can climb the featherweight ladder while doing it, all the better.

Watch the interview above to hear more from Elkins.

And for more on UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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